NeighborWorks Sacramento Region was joined by City of Williams’ Mayor Alfred Sellers Jr. and representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Services for a ceremonial wall raising to kick off the construction of 10 Mutual Self-Help Housing homes in the City of Williams, California. This is the first Self-Help development for NeighborWorks Sacramento Region.
USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing is a 50-year-old housing program where participating homemowners build their own home with the guidance of a technical assistance provider, NeighborWorks Sacramento. This event was the start of the homeowner’s participation in the program. Homeowners will spend 35 hours a week for 10 months building their homes and earning sweat equity in the process. In the last 50 years, more than 50,000 homes have been built in the United States through this program.
Founded in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento 30 years ago, NeighborWorks Sacramento is dedicated to helping families achieve the American dream of home ownership in an eleven-county region surrounding Sacramento. “We are thrilled to be bringing Mutual Self-Help Housing back to the City of Williams and the County of Colusa,” said NeighborWorks Sacramento Region CEO Pam Canada. “These 10 homeowners are the first participants in more than a decade in this program.”
On hand at the event were various partners and supporters including representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Services. “We know that programs such as these help stabilize families and communities and with a stable community; we know children will learn better in school and be more successful in life,” said City of Williams Mayor Alfred Sellers Jr.
This event launched the first 10 homes in a 20-home subdivision. NeighborWorks is currently accepting applications for the last 10 homes in this subdivision through this program. Interested parties can call Leonor Perez at (916) 661-5650, or go to www.nwsac.org/build-your-own-home for more information.
NeighborWorks Sacramento is a 30-year-strong non-profit organization that provides people with the path to successful homeownership, from initial planning and preparing, offering responsible loan products, and helping the buyers shop for a home through NeighborWorks Sacramento Realty Services. Having an inventory of affordable, fully-renovated, and energy efficient homes will maximize the value to potential homebuyers and create measurable impact on the neighborhoods and the local economy.
Potential homebuyers, or interested community stakeholders, can access more information about NeighborWorks Sacramento, its schedule for homebuyer education classes, obtain an appointment with its lending staff, or preview the homes for sale through its Realtors, at www.nwsac.org, or call the office at (916) 452-5356.■